If you’re planning a loft conversion, you may well be considering a bedroom and en suite to create more space in your London home. An en suite is a great way to give your home an extra bathroom, however they are usually on the more compact size which can present a challenge when planning the layout and look.
However, it’s simply a case of knowing how to make the most of the space you have, and our tips will help you do just that.
- Create a wet room
A wet room is a great solution for an en suite as it negates the need for a shower enclosure, and the only additional fixtures you need are your toilet and basin. Concealed shower trays and floor-to-ceiling tiling give the wet room look, and you can even incorporate built-in shelving or integrated tiled seating for some real luxury.
- Have your shower over the bath
It’s not always practical to have a bath in a small bathroom, but if you have the space for a tub and really do want a bath and shower, then consider a shower over bath solution. For many people, the idea of a shower over bath conjures up images of a clunky hose attachment on the taps, hooked up to a shower head on the wall however, there are now stylish options for both electric and mixer showers that can fit over the bath. You can even get specially shaped shower baths that give you the best of both worlds, with a full size tub and a more spacious shower area.
- Use your dead space
If you really want a separate bath and shower, there are still solutions for a smaller bathroom. Consider a corner bath with a curved edge as an alternative to a more traditionally shaped tub – perfect for soaking in, but without guzzling up space. Corner basins, too, have the advantage of not jutting out into your bathroom and wasting space and, if you opt for a wall mounted version rather than a pedestal, you can even create additional storage space. Another great way to use dead space is to put your bath in the eaves, under the sloping roof. With a strategically placed skylight you can have the luxury experience of bathing under the stars.
It’s amazing how much you store in a bathroom when you take into account towels, toiletries, cleaning products, toilet rolls and any other paraphernalia. Throw out or give away toiletries you’ll never use and strip back to what’s necessary only. If an en suite is only going to be used by one or two people regularly, you don’t need to store towels for a family of four in there. Just ensure the room has the essentials that will be used regularly.
- Clever storage
Storage units themselves can be bulky and take up space so in a small bathroom it’s key to think about space-saving storage. Cavity shelving can be built into your walls, or ‘floating’ shelves can take advantage of empty wall space such as over the bath or door. And never forget the benefit of some back-of-the-door hooks for a neat place to hang towels and bathrobes.
If you’re looking to give your London home an additional bedroom and en suite with a loft conversion, speak to Simply Loft on 0800 917 7571 to discuss your plans, or take a look at our recent work.Share this: